Africa Prudential Plc: Income from digital technology space to drive growth

Africa Prudential Plc announced its Unaudited Financial Statements for the period ended March 31st, 2022, with moderate growth in its top line and bottom line figures, year on year.

The Company achieved Gross Earnings of N907.78 million, Profit after Tax of N403.15 million and Earnings per Share of 20 kobo.  

  • Revenue from contracts with customers for the 3 months period N 0.45 billion, up by 25% year on year, compared to N0.36 billion reported in Q1 2021. This is driven by a 212% year-on-year growth in digital technology services despite the 60% decline in Fees from Corporate Actions.
  • Interest Income was down by 2% year on year to N0.46 billion, compared to N0.47 billion reported in Q1 2021. This is due to a 4% decline in the interest on loans and advances and an 86% decline in interest on short-term deposits during the period. On the other hand, Interest earned on bonds increased 44% year on year, cushioning the effect of the significant decline from other interest income sources.
  • Gross Earnings grew by 9.95% year on year to N0.91 billion, from N0.83 billion reported in Q1 2021.
  • Total operating expenses: Despite the slight decrease in total operating expenses by 2% YoY our cost-to-income ratio reduced by 3 percentage points to 39% relative to 42% in the corresponding period.
  • Profit before Tax grew by 15% to N0.55 billion from N0.48 billion reported in Q1 2021
  • Profit after Tax in Q1 2022 grew by 5.71% to N0.40 billion, from N0.38 Billion reported in Q1 2021
  • Earnings per share for the 3 months period stands at 20 kobo, up by 5.71% from the EPS of 19 kobo reported in Q1 2021.
  • At the share price of N6, the P/E ratio of Africa Prudential Plc stands 29.77x with the earnings yield of 3.36%.

Commenting on the result, the MD/CEO of Africa Prudential, Obong Idiong, stated thus:

“We are pleased to start the year with the positive Q1 results. The recorded growth in our business is a testament to the impact of our deliberate effort at enhancing our traditional mono revenue lines to multiple income lines, innovating new ways to deliver value in an agile manner, and adopting cost efficiency in every facet of our operation. The 212% growth in digital technology income reiterates the effectiveness of our switch to a new business model and we remain positive about the potential growth from this revenue stream in the coming quarters and long term. As the year progresses, we remain focused on increasing shareholder’s wealth and commit to delivering an exceptional customer experience to our expanding clientele base.”

Source: Africa Prudential Plc: Income from digital technology space to drive growth – StocksWatch (stocksng.com)

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